Mason County News
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 • Posted April 13, 2011

Mason was blessed with a half an inch of rain last night, and it is cooler today and will stay that way for a few more days, but we are still in a high alert for fire hazard and we will continue to emphasize the need to conserve water. With the dry weather for the last several months, last week the City started our moderate drought response plan and have asked our community to look for ways to conserve water and voluntarily reduce water use. We are also asking our residents to regulate their watering schedules for yard watering to even out the stress on the water system. If your house faces north or east, please start watering just on odd numbered days, and if your house faces south or west please water just on even numbered days. If you can get into this habit now, it will be better for everyone in our community when the summer heat arrives in full force. I have had citizens complain that there are places that are not doing this now, and our intent is to be reasonable while people get into this habit, but at some point in the next couple of months we will begin monitoring specifically for this and notifying people when there are violations. If you have any questions, please call the city office and let us know your concerns or ideas.Our recycling efforts continue to grow, and today we are shipping two large truck loads of plastics and cardboard to the mills rather than filling up our landfill. If you have materials that can be recycled please keep this service of the City in mind, and be aware that we have placed orders for some material handling improvements for the Recycling Center and are continuing to work to improve the facility and our commitment to recycling. This past weekend was also the free dump days at the landfill and there were many people throughout the county that used this opportunity to do some Spring Clean-up. The City Landfill reports that 82.5 tons of material was brought in and dumped so a great deal of cleaning up did occur. Remember that if you are cleaning the yard and have just tree limbs or yard debris for a load, we accept that in our brush pile and do not charge if that is all you have when you come to the landfill.The City continues to work to complete several projects to improve our community. The creek cleaning continues, the electric upgrade is nearing completion, we are working hard to keep up with the mowing and grounds work at the park and around town, and the pool is being readied for the summer season. The next couple of months will be busy around town, but if you have suggestions or ideas, or if you see some particular problem that needs to be looked into, please let us know and we will see what can be done. Together we continue to work to make Mason a great hometown to live and work in, and with your help we will all benefit and be better off.Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckleyger/apr 13 city corner

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